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Lessons in Becoming Myself Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Lessons in Becoming Myself, by Ellen Burstyn
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Burstyn Narrator: Ellen Burstyn Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ellen Burstyn has always defied expectations. Born in Detroit during the Depression, she left home at 18 and became a model for J.L. Hudson, Detroit's largest department store. After a failed marriage and a string of unsatisfying relationships and jobs, Burstyn settled in New York, where she began her career as an actress. Her first audition landed her the lead in a Broadway play, with the show's producer, legendary playwright and director Moss Hart, telling her, You're natural.

After Burstyn reluctantly moved to Los Angeles with her second husband, she eventually turned to film, delivering brilliant performances in The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress), Same Time, Next Year, Resurrection, and Requiem for a Dream.

Burstyn describes the personal missteps, toxic relationships, and private demons she has battled, and how confronting them prompted her to find a different life path. Raised a Catholic, she has traveled the world exploring a range of spiritual experiences. From the Swiss Alps to Cambodia, from the Himalayas to the streets of New York, she has sought and found answers to life's most puzzling questions.

Lessons in Becoming Myself is the extraordinary story of her quest for the examined life. By turns tragic and funny, thoughtful and lighthearted, it is a brilliant accomplishment by one of the finest observers of human nature. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Bonnie | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting approach to faith by one of my favorite actors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Katie | 2/16/2014

    " Couldn't finish this book. Just repetitive actions over and over. I like her as an actress, but didn't realize I didn't need to not know anything about her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Caryn | 2/13/2014

    " I saw her appear on a late-night re-run of Oprah promoting the book. For some reason I was very drawn to her, even though I've only seen a handful of movies she was in. But she presented herself well both on TV and in the book. She has quite the amazing memory. It's a long book, but never dull. I've since rented a lot of her movies and she truly is a talented actress. What I enjoyed most was her depiction of her spiritual journey in Sufism; visiting various temples, going up mountains for spiritual retreats, etc. Her trying to deal with her schizophrenic ex-husband was also oddly engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Heather | 2/10/2014

    " Very interesting past she had! "

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